US Tax Attorney Chris Rusch Arrested

Big Surprise At The End Of This Jetway

Feb. 2, 2012, Panama City, Panama: Friend and U.S. tax attorney Chris Rusch, expert on offshore structures, offshore banking, and offshore taxes, has been arrested on charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. IRS.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

The IRS is grabbing headlines again this week. Unfortunately, this time, it's at the serious expense of a friend of mine, U.S. tax attorney Chris Rusch.

Kathleen and I spent last week with Chris in Medellin. He was a presenter at our Live and Invest in Colombia Conference. We had breakfast with Chris Sunday morning at our hotel in El Poblado, confirmed our plans to have dinner with Chris and some other friends back in Panama City Tuesday night, and then waved good-bye as Kathleen and I left for the airport. Our flight was a couple of hours earlier than his.

Early Tuesday morning we read the first press release, from Bloomberg.

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Live And Invest Overseas Staff

Behind The Scenes At Live And Invest Overseas

Feb. 1, 2012, Panama City, Panama: Kathleen Peddicord and Lief Simon are supported in their Panama City-based Live and Invest Overseas office by a staff of both Panamanians and other expats from around the world.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Lief and me you know.

But we're just the front guys. Here in our Altos del Golf office in the heart of Panama City, we're fortunate to be surrounded and supported by a growing team of hard-working folks, some Panamanian, others who've somehow landed here in the Hub of the Americas.

Karen and Gary Moseley are a couple of Americans from North Carolina, where they raised three children and Gary enjoyed a long and successful career in the private utilities industry. Children grown and the situation in the States changing dramatically for the worse, from their point of view, a couple of years ago, Karen and Gary began looking around for options.

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Expat Life In Panama

Our Favorite Panama City Taxi Driver Speaks The Truth

Jan. 31, 2012, Panama City, Panama: The monthly e-zine the Panama Letter is the best real-time, real-deal, from real expats resource for living, retiring, investing, and doing business in Panama available anywhere.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Taxi drivers can be one of your best sources of information about a place. They're connected to their city at the street level. They know their way around, of course, but, more than that, they also know how to get things done.

Our favorite taxi driver in Panama City is Alberto. Though, to clarify, Alberto is no longer a taxi driver. He retired from that business six months ago and now works as our full-time personal driver.

Alberto knows all the shortcuts and back entrances from one end of Panama's capital to the other. And, while he drives us to and fro, navigating this increasingly crowded, congested city, he entertains us with colorful commentary...

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Expat Life On Caye Caulker, Belize

Life On A Sand Dab In The Caribbean Sea

Jan. 30, 2012, Caye Caulker, Belize: Caye Caulker, Belize, is a much less developed Caribbean lifestyle and retirement option than Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"Outside my window, it's turquoise as far as the eye can see," writes Belize Correspondent Mary Bartnikowski. "Living here on the second largest reef in the world, on the islet of Caye Caulker, Belize, the beautiful Caribbean is literally on my doorstep and all around.

"I've been in residence here for two months, and already I feel part of the community. People are friendly and show it. I wave or say hi to almost everyone I pass when I am out walking or riding my bike (you don't need anything else for transportation here). If you want company, all you have to do is open your mouth and start talking. Someone will listen and engage you. Whether you're a single or a couple, it doesn't matter. You will find friends.

"The sunsets are devastatingly gorgeous. I wouldn't miss one. I watch the sunrise, too, as I do my yoga each morning on the beach. But it's not only the sights of Caye Caulker that attracted me. It's the sounds, too. When I first heard the birdsong that is all over this island, I knew I'd found a special place.

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Live & Invest In Colombia Conference

The Medellin Effect

Jan. 29, 2012, Medellin, Colombia: Medellin, Colombia, is one of the world’s most appealing places to spend time. To appreciate all that Medellin, Colombia, has to offer, you need to see the city for yourself.

Also This Week: Overcoming A Troubled Past…Welcome To The City Of Springtime And Flowers…How Ed Is Reinventing His Life In Medellin, Colombia…Cuenca V. Granada—Two Of The World's Cheapest (And Best) Places To Retire Overseas Compared…

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

"Kathleen, my husband and I have fallen in love with this place. We're staying on through next week, and we're determined to find an apartment to buy before we go back home. We never expected to love it here as much as we do. I can't describe to our family back in the States what Medellin is really like..."

"Kathleen, this is a real city. I mean, I know you've been writing about how sophisticated and cultured Medellin is, but, I have to admit, I didn't really believe you. It's hard to understand until you're here and you see for yourself. This city isn't at all what I expected, even after reading your accounts of it. Your descriptions don't do it justice. But now I understand. It's hard to articulate just how nice it is here..."

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Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord is the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. With more than 25 years experience covering this beat, Kathleen reports daily on current opportunities for living, retiring, and investing overseas in her free e-letter.

Her book, How To Retire Overseas—Everything You Need To Know To Live Well Abroad For Less, was recently released by Penguin Books.

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